FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – This weekend marks the start of the Sober or Slammer campaign. It is a state wide crackdown on drinking and driving. Since Memorial Day, Highway Patrol reports 141 people have been killed on state roadways.
There is another alarming trend among those crashes because nearly half of them involve alcohol.
"In South Carolina we slaughter so many people on our roadways due to drunk driving," added Donne Carter with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. "It's not just intoxication to alcohol, it's prescription medication now and illegal narcotics."
For 24 years, Donna Carter has made it her mission to save as many lives as she can because she knows all too well what can happen when people drink and drive.
Her brother was killed while riding in a car driven by a drunk driver. Now, Carter wants to help those dealing with the same pain after losing a loved one.
"When you have a victim that comes up to you and says you'll never know how much I appreciate you being here for me today, you'll never know the strength that you instilled in me by being here and telling us and preparing us for what was going to take place that's what keeps you going," added Carter.
Highway Patrol told WMBF News on average one person is injured every two hours by a drunk driver, and one person is killed every day due to an alcohol related crash.